This model is a series of four special coachbuilt Ferraris on a 330 chassis with a GTC drive train. These special 330 GTCs were commissioned by a royal customer: the wife of King Leopald III of Belgium, Princess Lilian de Rethy. She asked for not just a customized version of a standard series model, but a totally different looking model.
The princess ordered the first for herself, and secured the second commission for famous heart surgeon Dr. Michael Debakey.
Chassis #09439 was her third custom Ferrari, she previously owned a Vignale bodied 250 GT Europa and a PininFarina bodied 250 GT Coupe.
Chassis #10241 is the last of the four; the only one with an ivory leather interior.
The clear difference with this unique Ferrari from others is in its special sleek lines, roomy interior and touring elegance. Other features include no bumper overriders, flat taillight lenses, and front bumpers that end before they reach the grille, rather than wrapping into the grille aperture. The treatment of the rear end is striking and features a unique to this model special contoured rear windscreen and flying buttresses, an originality of design that much later became a Ferrari standard, appearing on countless subsequent (and always mid-engined) cars such as the production version of the 206/246 Dino.
This car truly represents a different era; one in which royalty could approach a company and request a new car model, exactly to their tastes, and receive a genuinely bespoke and unique car.
Sources: www.fantasyjunction & others.
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